Introducing our amazing line up for 2023

Our guests include internationally published authors, homegrown talent, publicists, podcasters, film makers, artists and inspired people who are shaping a better world through their crafts.


Merri-May Gill
Merri-May Gill shot out of the sheep yards and onto the stage. Who knew a country kid could turn out so glamorous!
Michael Burge
Michael Burge is an Australian journalist, author and artist who lives at Deepwater on Ngarabal Country in the New England region of NSW. His debut novel Tank Water is a coming-of-age crime thriller set in the bush.
Michael Reid
Michael has been working for over 30 years in the art world and will be will be a part of 'Scandals of the Art World - An Insiders View' at our 2023 Scone Literary Festival
Nardi Simpson
Yuwaalaraay writer, composer, playwright, and educator, musician and performer, Nardi Simpson will be part of two big panels at the 2023 Scone Literary Festival
Oli Le Lievre
Oli Le Lievre is the Founder of Humans of Agriculture, a storytelling platform that looks to connect, engage and inspire those within and towards agriculture.
Paula Bevan
Paula J Beavan grew up in the Hunter Valley, where her love of reading and a good yarn inspired a desire to write.
Paula Stevenson
Paula Stevenson will be delivering the Early Readers' Program to young children in the Upper Hunter as part of the Scone Literary Festival 2023
Rae Cairns  
Dying to Know, Rae’s second novel, is a standalone Sydney based thriller and centres around a woman’s determination to uncover what happened to her missing sister. 
Richard Anderson
Richard is the author of two rural-crime novels, Retribution and Boxed. His latest book is Small Mercies, and all three are published by Scribe.
Richard Glover
Richard Glover presents Thank God It’s Friday on ABC Radio. His books include The Land Before Avocado, a book about Australia in the 1960s and 1970s, and the memoir Flesh Wounds.
Robbie Christmas
Rob is based in Tamworth but travels constantly for work and pleasure, between teaching and adjudication work.
Ryan Butta
Ryan Butta reveals a gritty alternative history in The Ballad of Abdul Wade, exposing the untold debt that Australia owes
Sarah Barrie
Sarah Barrie is the author of nine novels including Unforgiven, Secrets of Whitewater Creek, the Hunters Ridge trilogy and the Calico Mountain trilogy.
Stacey McEwan
Stacey McEwan is a school teacher by day and fantasy writer by night.
Suzanne Leal
Suzanne will be involved in two panels at SLF 2023 Girls Boys and Everything in Between Pathways to Publication
Tim Elliot
Tim Elliot is an award-winning journalist and author whose work has appeared in London’s The Financial Times, The Sunday Times, and The Australian.
Toby Roberts
Toby’s memoir ‘Two Mums and a Dad’ covers his teenage years, growing up with a lesbian mum
Tom Harkin
Tomorrow Man, started in 2014, has now impacted more than 100,000 boys and men around Australia. Featured on ABC’s acclaimed documentary Man Up, Tom’s impact has extended to celebrities, professional athletes in elite sport, and teenagers.
Tug Dumbly
Tug Dumbly is the pen and stage name of Geoff Forester, Nowra-born poet and performer
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